I used Ginseng home dec fabrics from Joel Dewberry and a corduroy stem. I'm a bit of a late bloomer in coming around to home dec weight fabrics, but I'm now officially hooked. And a lovely discovery it is as it opens up a whole new world of fabric obsession/collecting for me.
This project was more of an undertaking than I first realized, but not in a bad sort of way. All I can say is that pattern drafting (at least on a larger 3D scale) is not for the faint of heart or easily discouraged. But it's worth it when you get the outcome you were aiming for.
Thanks to those who were so encouraging on this project, I hope to soon have some of these giant pears available in my shop.